Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Visitors requests....maybe you can help out

You can leave requests, comments  and replies in the usual way and after moderation they will appear below.
Please do not request new or easy to find CD's as they will not be posted here.


5th of February: Gerard Herzhaft -Willie Walker - Same on Haute 1108 (CD)

5th of February: Tom Thumb -Someone out there owning those old Negro Art / Highway 51 LPs?
I'm looking for
Big Son Tillis: Dayton Stomp/My baby WroteMe (Negro Art 368)
Jesse James:Forgive Me Blues/ Corinna's Boogie (Highway 51 # 101).
I wouldn't mind both of these either.

9th of February: Jeff Harris - Memphis Sessions 1956—1961 on Wolf

23rd of February: Anonymous -Memphis Slim - Live in France 1963
Memphis Slim - Jamboree Jump, Black And Blue ‎– 33551
 this is a reissue of Memphis Slim w Matt Murphy: Jamboree Jump
same tracks on this album En Public (Black & Blue 33.002, Recorded March 1963 at Grand Théatre Limoges ):
Thank you Kempen for sharing.

30th March: Justine -  Chess Blues vol. 1-5, LP series from 80's

30th March: John - John Brim & Little Hudson P-vine Lp
Flyright LP is available on the blog

8th April: Anonymous - Stash LP 'Jake Walk Blues' 

10th of April: Kurt Kricz,
Southern Comfort Country - Flyright 501
Tarheel Stomp - Flyright LP 511
And on some other labels:
The Blues - vol. 4 - big bear
Piano Blues Legends - jsp 1056
Old Country Blues (Flyright LP 537)

11th April: Paul James Broussard:
little joe blue on p-vine label with 4 bonus tracks - japan
t black and the zydeco machine - funky trailride lp

15th April: Abe - Magic Slim & The Teardrops - The Zoo Bar Collection Vol 1

17th April; Billy Boy - Billy Boy Arnold -  side of cool 45 "I ain't got no money ?
Has this ever been re-released??

22nd April: Gerard Herzhaft -Joe Liggins' title Ham-bone boogie (Exclusive 151X). Very hard to hear rare instrumental.

Willie Cobbs - Mr. C's Blues In The Groove!

Willie Cobbs is probably best known for his classic song "You Don't Love Me". His recording career has spanned five decades and the list of people he has performed with reads like a who's who of Blues.
After years of harmonica work and recording 45's under one label name after another Willie gave up the studio for the club scene for a while. Willie became a club owner; running the Blue Flame in Stuttgart, Arkansas and later opening Turning Point in Itta Bena, Mississippi. In 1978 he relocated to Greenwood, Mississippi and opened Mr. C's Bar-B-Que.
In 1986 he teamed up with Jim O'Neal of Rooster Blues and put together a cassette of his 45 releases on Wilco. Then in 1994 he did his first CD "Down To Earth" on Rooster Blues performing with Rawls and Luckett.

Very rare Japanese only LP released in 1986 collecting various singles from 1962 - 1984. Many thanks to Rugbymaxi for sharing this LP.


Shakey Jake - Make It Good To You

Born James Harris, the Arkansas native moved to Chicago at age seven. Admiring the style of Sonny Boy Williamson, Harris gradually learned the rudiments of the harp but didn't try his hand at entertaining professionally until 1955. Harris made his bow on vinyl in 1958 for the newly formed Artistic subsidiary of Eli Toscano's West Side-based Cobra Records. His only Artistic 45, "Call Me If You Need Me"/"Roll Your Moneymaker," was produced by Willie Dixon and featured Sam and Syl Johnson on guitars. The uncompromising Chicago mainstream sound of that 45 contrasted starkly with Jake Harris's next studio project. Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary paired him with a pair of jazzmen -- guitarist Bill Jennings and organist Jack McDuff -- in 1960 for a full album, Good Times (the unlikely hybrid of styles working better than one might expect). The harpist encored later that year with Mouth Harp Blues, this time with a quartet including Chicagoan Jimmie Lee Robinson on guitar and a New York rhythm section (both of his Bluesville LPs were waxed in New Jersey). Jake Harris and Magic Sam remained running partners for much of the 1960s. They shared bandstands at fabled West Side haunts such as Sylvio's -- where he was captured on tape in 1966 singing "Sawed Off Shotgun" and "Dirty Work Goin' On" (now available on a Black Top disc by Sam) -- and Big Bill Hill's Copacabana before Harris moved to Los Angeles in the late '60s. He recorded for World Pacific and briefly owned his own nightclub and record label before returning to Arkansas (where he died in 1990). 


Andrew 'BB' Odom - Sings And Sings And Sings

Eminently capable of serving up spot-on imitations of both Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King, Andrew Odom was also a man of many interrelated nicknames: Voice, Big Voice, B.B., Little B.B., B.B. Junior. Perhaps his chameleonic talents held him back; Odom was a journeyman Chicago singer who recorded relatively sparingly.
Like the majority of his peers, Odom started out singing spirituals but fell in with Albert King and Johnny O'Neal on the St. Louis blues scene of the mid-'50s and began plying his trade there. He made an unobtrusive recording debut in 1961, singing "East St. Louis" with the band of one Little Aaron for the highly obscure Marlo imprint. He arrived in Chicago around 1960, hooking up with Earl Hooker as the slide guitar wizard's vocalist. A single for Nation Records in 1967 (as Andre Odom) preceded his debut album for ABC-BluesWay (cut in 1969, it remained in the can for quite a while before the label finally issued it).
All for Business
A guest spot on Jimmy Dawkins' encore Delmark LP, All for Business, was a highlight of the '70s for the singer. He cut his own album for the French Isabel label in 1982 in the company of Magic Slim & the Teardrops (reissued by Evidence in 1993), but it was a 1992 set for Flying Fish, Goin' to California (co-produced by guitarist Steve Freund), that probably captured his considerable vocal charms the best.
Odom was a popular attraction on the Windy City circuit right up until the fateful night when he suffered a heart attack while driving from Buddy Guy's Legends to another local blues mecca, the Checkerboard Lounge. He's been missed ever since.

Very hard to find private pressing from 1974 made available by Frits.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Chick Willis - I Ain't Jiving Baby

A1 I Ain't Jiving Baby
A2 The Things I Used To Do
A3 Selfish Lover
A4 I Found The Kinda Love

B1 You're Gonna Miss Me
B2 What Have You Got On Me
B3 You're Still My Baby
B4 Chick's Blues

A KansasJoe posting


Dicky Williams - In Your Face

1 The Same Motel
2 I Didn't Do Nothin'
3 Come Back Pussy
4 Laughin' And Grinnin' In Your Face
5 I Wanna Know Why
6 Ugly Men
7 Fat Girls
8 Do You Know (Where Your Woman Is Tonight)
9 Bad Luck And Hard Times

KansasJoe making my life easy




Only 3 LP's  from the Sunnyland label. For the track listing please visit the goldmine of info at Stefan Wirz's website.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tomcat Courtney - The News

Blues guitarist/singer Tomcat Courtney was born in Marlin, TX, on January 22, 1929, and raised in Downsville, TX, where his father, a ragtime piano player, had a juke joint. He became a dancer and joined a circus show as a teenager, beginning to sing in the show. He moved to Lubbock, TX, after World War II and became a cook, meanwhile learning to play guitar. He played roadhouses throughout the Southwest and settled in San Diego, CA, in 1971, where he began playing clubs several nights a week, also appearing regularly in Phoenix, AZ. His first recording came on the album San Diego Blues Jam released by Advent Records in 1974, and over the years he pressed up his own CDs to sell at his gigs. In 2000, his song "Shake It Up Baby" appeared on the album I Better Move On... by Len Rainey & the Midnight Players. Signed to Blue Witch Records, he made his national recording debut with Downsville Blues, released on May 20, 2008, when he was 79 years old.

Live tape that was released in 1992 made available by Frits.


Sam Myers - Down Home In Mississippi

Sam Myers got a second chance at the brass ring, and he happily made the most of it. As frontman for Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, the legally blind Myers's booming voice and succinct harp work have enjoyed a higher profile recently than ever before.
Although he was born and mostly raised in Mississippi, Myers got into the habit of coming up to visit Chicago as early as 1949 (where he learned from hearing Little Walter and James Cotton). Myers joined a band, King Mose & the Royal Rockers, after settling in Jackson, MS, in 1956. Myers's 1957 debut 45 for Johnny Vincent's Ace logo, "Sleeping in the Ground"/"My Love Is Here to Stay," featured backing by the Royal Rockers.
Myers played both drums and harp behind slide guitar great Elmore James at a 1961 session for Bobby Robinson's Fire label in New Orleans. Myers cut a standout single of his own for Robinson's other logo, Fury Records, the year before that coupled his appealing remake of Jimmy Reed's "You Don't Have to Go" with "Sad, Sad Lonesome Day."
Myers made some albums with a loosely knit group called the Mississippi Delta Blues Band for TJ during the early '80s before teaming up with young Texas guitar slinger Funderburgh, whose insistence on swinging grooves presents the perfect backdrop for Myers. Their first collaboration for New Orleans-based Black Top Records, 1985's My Love Is Here to Stay, was followed by several more albums -- Sins, Rack 'Em Up, Tell Me What I Want to Hear, 1995's Live at the Grand Emporium -- each one confirming that this was one of the most enduring blues partnerships of the 1990s. In 2004, Myers released his first solo album, Coming from the Old School, just two years before he died, on July 17, 2006.

Side 2 has 6 tracks not 5 has stated on cover and label, no idea what the 6th track is called .... maybe someone can help us out.


Drink Small - Blues Doctor Live & Outrageous, Round Two, The Blues Doctor

"Blues Doctor: Live & Outrageous!", originally released on cassette-only in 1988, is the long lost masterpiece of South Carolina real-deal bluesman Drink Small. Recorded before wildly enthusiastic home-state audiences, "Live & Outrageous!" is considered by blues historians to be the ultimate Drink Small title. All his classic blues raps are there in addition to his marvelous guitar-playing and basso profundo vocals. This is a gem of a downhome blues album. 


A former member of the popular '50s gospel group the Spiritualaires, bluesman Small here works not-so-small wonders by teaming his gravel-pit vocals with his quicksilver style on electric and slide guitar.
As the title suggests, this is Small's second recording for the Atlanta-based Ichiban label. His first, The Blues Doctor (1988), was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the traditional blues category. Small again establishes his command of several blues idioms, including country blues, jump blues and soul. Small's gospel-rich voice bears comparison to Taj Mahal and Lazy Lester. While "Can I Come over Tonight?" is no pearl of the love-talk genre, Small's vocal nevertheless has the roomy, relaxed quality of Lou Rawls or that earlier, big-voiced tempter Joe Turner.
With this fine release, Small makes less likely the fate he contemplates in "I'm Tired Now," where he sings, "I've been playing the blues for a mighty long time/ If I don't soon make it y'all/ I'm going back to South Carolina/ I'm gonna sit right down on my behind."


Drink's own special blend of Delta, Chicago, and Carolina blues, it includes some band stuff, some solo stuff. Particularly wonderful is Drink's rich, gospel-influenced bass voice. A truly unique artist sharing his unique point of view, Drink includes a couple of saucy items ("Tittie Man" and "Baby, Leave Your Panties Home") along with covers of "Little Red Rooster" and "Stormy Monday Blues."

Thanks go to Ben for making these LP's/CD's available to us.